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    Best 3D Graphics Program

    So...graphics has always been the spot where I've fallen short. I can do some adequate stuff as long as I stay in the realm of abstraction....because when I try to make something that actually looks real....well...it doesn't.

    But that's when I found Terragen. It is an excellent free program for creating and rendering 3D terrains. But all it can do is terrains.

    So, back to my question: What is the best 3D graphics program? I'd prefer it to be cheap, of course, but money really is no object. I've tried Daz3D, but wasn't impressed.

    Any ideas?

    Edit: Oh yah, forgot to mention, 3D animation would be a great bonus.
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    Blender is free and I've seen some amazing stuff come from it.

    of course than you have Maya and 3d Studio Max but your gonna pay a good deal for either of those.
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    Ah yes.... blender.
    That will probably be what I would go with in the end, if I can't find any other good things. The "sheer cliff" learning curve on blender is the only thing that's deterring me right now.

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    3d studio max. I had the opportunity to take a year long class on it and Maya (split between Maya the first half, 3d max the second), and I was surprised by how easy it was to learn the basics of 3d studio max. If I had the money and creativity it takes to do so, I would've pursued a career in it.

    Or, if you are so inclined, PM me for details on Maya... I may have something for you.

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    I think that Blender is the best, in addition it is free and Open-Source.

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    Autodesk 3ds max is the industry standard in video games, film effects and architectural renderings. Been a user for many years and the modeling and unwrapping ability of the program is unrivaled.
    It's expensive with a single seat commercial license running around the 2-3 grand mark but if money is no object, it's the program with the most amount of accessible learning material and community support going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harbingerOTV View Post
    Blender is free and I've seen some amazing stuff come from it.

    of course than you have Maya and 3d Studio Max but your gonna pay a good deal for either of those.

    I totally agree.. Maya is the best 3D graphics program for me.

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    Bryce is free and perfect for creating highly realistic photographic 3D images.

    Blender is amazing at modeling and animation, but can make amazing realistic images with some hard work.

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    Even MAYA is most popular then 3D max and gradually the user of 3D max where start using MAYA because it have some advance and powerful features from which we can make high quality 3D models and animation.

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    Autodesk 3ds Max - The most popular 3d software on Windows platform. Character Studio being a great character animation tool often used for animating computer games characters.
    Autodesk Maya - The most used 3d software in Film industry.
    Autodesk Softimage - By many users considered to have the best 3d animation tools. The latest version is famous for its ICE environment.
    Autodesk Motion Builder - started as a motion capture data editor and now is an application dedicated to 3d character animation.
    NewTek LightWave 3d - A mature and less expensive 3d animation software.
    Cinema 4D - User friendly 3d animation software by Maxon.
    SideFX Houdini - an advanced procedural 3d animation system renown for it's dynamics and particle effects.
    Messiah Studio - or Project Messiah is a new 3d program with advanced animation tools used in Television, Feature Film and Game development.
    Blender 3d - the most popular free and open source 3d animation software
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    Adobe After Effects?
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    Have you tried the 3ds Max Plugins while working 3ds Max. Cause that's the best part of 3ds Max. Making things look real.

    I have been in Graphic industry for 16 years now.
    I have not seen anything like 3ds Max do the best job that anyother software could do.
    I know maya and max both work excellent. But if you are looking for 3ds MAX to be your professional working software, I would say go for it.
    Even while using Maya that's a bit easier on creating characters / character modelling, to this very day most of my students working in the broadcast stations use 3ds Max to convert the Maya animation sequences for broadcast.
    And why not, as Autodesk almost owns most of the major broadcast equipments in partnership with Discreet, like the products;
    Flame
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    and a few more......

    So the broadcast codecs and compatibility in 3ds Max comes in-built from the day of its inception.

    To some strange reason its been more than few years since the takeover of Maya by Auto desk, the broad cast compatibility or lets say plugins are yet not in motion for Maya.

    Maybe in other countries, but in India those plugins still need a push.

    Do enlighten me if I am missing something here about your work environments and plugins you use.
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    I like 3d max too

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    Would probably go with max, its a great all rounder programme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binaryWeapon View Post
    So, back to my question: What is the best 3D graphics program? I'd prefer it to be cheap, of course, but money really is no object. I've tried Daz3D, but wasn't impressed.
    At university we learn: 3DSMax and Cinema 4D. I think these are the only programms who interesting to learn because they are industry standard. So if you wanna work with it at a design agency you'll need to learn those.

    "Kind of" 3D programms are also: After Effects and AVID but more for making special effects in movies.

    For free of course you won't get any serious stuff.


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